Top acoustic songs from 2011

Probably if you asked 100 different people, you'd get 100 different lists, enjoy!

Flash - Joan As Police Woman

Monday - The Sea and Cake

Hiding Tonight - Alex Turner

Memoir - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Hit or Miss - Sleeping At Last

Time Trades - Jeffrey Lewis

Everyday (Buddy Holly cover) - Fiona Apple

Carousel - Ravens and Chimes

Black - Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi feat. Norah Jones

Wonder Years - Real Estate

Careless Love - Arborea

Towards the Sun - Alexi Murdoch (on 2011 album)

Other acoustic tracks (or near enough) from 2011 not to be missed:

How can it be (live acoustic) - Jeffrey Lewis

Krongu Green Slime - Jeffrey Lewis

Holocene - Bon Iver

Rising Red Lung – Wilco

Come Home – Ryan Adams

Invisible Riverside - Ryan Adams

Terra Incognita - Atlas Sound

White Telephone - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Fade and Then Return - William Fitzsimmons

Open Your Mind (live) - Wilco/Jeff Tweedy

Sin so sweet - Butcher The Bar

Requiem on Water - Imperial Mammoth (from Twilight Breaking Dawn soundtrack)

Resolve – Sleeping At Last

January White - Sleeping At Last

Steak Knives - Man Man

Everything Is Burning - Ivan & Alyosha

Womanifesto - Jill Scott

Ricochet - Sondre Lerche

So Alive (Love and Rockets cover) - Duncan Sheik

The Worst Of Me - Ida Gard

Riverside - Agnes Obel (from her 2011 album)

Avenue - Agnes Obel

Pyramid Song (Radiohead Cover) - Wolf Gang

Love and Hard Times - Paul Simon

Love Song (Lesley Duncan cover) - Marianne Faithfull

Her Hands Were Leaves - Alexi Murdoch

Wind up Doll (Sleepover Shows live) - Marissa Nadler

A Little Time - Arborea

Like A Man - Adam Cohen

Coney Island Winter (acoustic live) - Garland Jeffreys

All Things Past Serve to Guide You on Your Way - Frederick Squire (thanks slowcoustic)

Think You Can Wait - The National

Exile Vilify - The National

Can’t Keep – Eddie Vedder

A Little Bit of Everything (live on WFPK Radio) - Dawes

The Last Goodbye (acoustic) - The Kills

Love Is A Laserquest (Live on KEXP) - Arctic Monkeys

Godless Brother in Love - Iron & Wine

Half Of Something Else (acoustic) - The Airborne Toxic Event

All I Ever Wanted (Bombastic Video) - The Airborne Toxic Event

All For A Woman (Bombastic Video) - The Airborne Toxic Event

Only In Your Head - Marketa Irglova

Last Fall - Marketa Irglova

Driverless Train To Expo - Klak Tik (Thanks indiehere)

Between The Bars (Chris Garneau cover) - Elliott Smith

We Will All Be Changed - Seryn

Belongings – Clock Opera

Two Matchsticks - The Wooden Birds

The Things You Lost - El May

Taking You With Me – Daniel Tashian (Thanks Inspired Ground)

The Discipline Of A Broken Leg - Vessel

One-Month Marathon - Eleanor Friedberger

Pots and Pans - The Kills

Comfort Me - Feist

I Shall Forever Remain An Amateur - The Leisure Society

Catholic Boys in the Rain - The Savings and Loan

Jack and Jill – Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell

The Punk - KT Tunstall

(Watch this space for more 2011 acoustic tracks in future...last updated 2nd of February 2012)

Did I miss any great acoustic music from 2011? Which tracks or artists did you like, hate, discover? Let me know what you think of the list in the comments!


  1. Alex Turner songs in Submarine is one of the best this year. Interesting list, Chris!

  2. @Andina: Thanks, I Alex Turner's acoustic songs. He also did Arctic Monkeys - Love Is A Laserquest (Live on KEXP)

  3. I must stop here to say that song The Last Goodbye - The Kills is really my favourite from the list.
    I do love The Kills, amazing duo and perfect vocal, always for praise.

    There is a song you must listen if you haven't yet - The Last Shadow Puppets ft Alison Mosshart - Paris Summer ( ENJOY!!

  4. @Night Admirer: Albums by The Kills are a blind spot for me to be honest, enjoyed acoustic song The Last Goodbye. Thanks for the link, I will listen ( :

  5. Thank you for sharing this amazing collection. Several people are in love with acoustic songs because these can pretty much work anywhere and anytime. It is just a sound that soothes one’s soul, if I may say. Again, thank you for sharing this list. It is absolutely a must-play.


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